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Aaryn Belfer

Aaryn is an opinionated woman who will say anything and stop at nothing when it comes to fighting for racial and social justice. She has a penchant for 4-inch heels, straight-ahead jazz, and beautifully structured sentences. She's deeply committed to her family yet she refuses, under any circumstance, to deny her lust for Javier Bardem. Though...lately, Michael B. Jordan has been blowin' her hair back; it's safe to say, May-December romances are more socially acceptable than ever. Aaryn will tirelessly—and to the death—defend Monica Lewinsky, and not just because she has enviable hair: We all know that if we were in her MLew's shoes, we'd have walked that same damn mile in a blue Gap dress. Ms. Belfer would like to officially change her name to Aaryn Darling because she likes the way it sounds upon being introduced at cocktail parties.

Must we really go through this still? It's 2007, after all. Is being gay really that fringy? Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

I could imagine this vulnerable little guy being denied a shower, a toothbrush, a mattress; I could imagine him living day after day in his own filth; I could imagine him feeling sick and feverish with nobody to comfort him. Read more

Backwards & in High Heels

We live in a world that has grown bored with #MeToo, that ho-hums when brave and credible women like Carroll, like Christine Blasey Ford tell the truth about the hideous men who hurt them. And instead, the hideous men get ahead. Read more

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'When They See Us' is as pertinent to right now as is 'Roots'. And like 'Roots', 'When They See Us' is an emotional wrecking ball. Read more

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Eat, sleep, jerk off. Eat, sleep, jerk off. That is the middle school mantra. Read more

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These Christofacists, who enjoy endless supplies of Viagra courtesy of insurance companies, have their sights on my daughter’s uterus and generations of girls’ and women’s bodies. Read more

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I was at my daughter’s track meet when I learned of the shooting at the Chabad Synagogue in Poway. Read more

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Is there a better time than summer to bond with our pups? Read more

Summer Guide

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I’ll admit, I’ve posted some epic rage tweets, but here’s the thing: Doing triple-axels and getting into debates on social media ain’t gonna get us out of this mess. Read more

Summer Guide

It has become abundantly clear that the time for impeachment is upon us. Attorney General Bill Barr wants you to believe him and not your lyin' eyes. Such a fucking bunch of bull. But even the redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller... Read more

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No, I’m not talking about Bernie Bros or New England Patriots fans. I’m talking about cat people. Dear Universe, what is it with the cat people? Read more

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The Al Noor Mosque, the Linwood Islamic Center, the Tree of Life synagogue, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Lo, my heart. How’s yours? Read more

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"Help me. I can’t breathe.” Those were the last words spoken by 24-year-old Aleah Jenkins, who died on Dec. 6, 2018 after being arrested during a traffic stop 10 days earlier. Read more

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When a massive group of classmates came running toward her like a swarm of locusts last Friday, my 13-year-old daughter thought she was going to die. Read more

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It’s time for an update on my Bubble Boi, my lemon puppy, my now-nine-month-old labradoodle doggie named KEVIN!!!. Read more

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It’s been approximately 893 news cycles since the Covington Catholic High School boys were trending across every media platform. But I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them juxtaposed against what I see each week. Read more

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Taking to the streets once a year to express outrage over injustice might feel less lonely, but without action, it’s a false sense of empowerment. Read more

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As 2018 began to wind down within a torrent of bad news that left me feeling emotionally bludgeoned and a little bit sad about humanity, I received a DM from a stranger. Read more

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I admit right here and now that until N and K came into my life this year, I did not understand homelessness. Not a bit. Read more

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This “temporary shelter” is now larger than all but one of the 204 federal prisons in America. Read more

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Tasha Williamson is the co-founder of The Compassion Project, a small group of community activists who support families when they lose a loved one to violence. Read more

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